I dream of tracking down Scotland's mystery animals, says Big Cat Diary host
Aug 28 2009 By Heather Greenaway
TOP wildlife expert Jonathan Scott dreams of capturing Scotland's mysterious big cats on film by using African trackers to locate their lairs. There are more than 120 big cat sightings in Scotland every year. Broadcaster and photographer Jonathan, 60, star of hit BBC series Big Cat Diary, is convinced they do exist. He said: "There is no doubt in my mind that there are big cats wandering around Scotland as cats are extremely clever creatures and can survive for years without being glimpsed by the human eye. "I would love to bring a team of African trackers over to Scotland. "They have lots of experience tracking lions, leopards and cheetahs and might be able to flush out these amazing and mysterious beasts. " It would make great TV if we could capture them on film for the first time." The British Big Cats Society has recorded more than 2100 sightings of pumas, panthers, lynxes and other cats in Britain, with 125 of those claimed to be in Scotland. There have been various photographs and video of alleged big cats, including the mysterious Beast of Braemar, but no conclusive evidence.
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Maybe someone will take up the challenge and bring in some trackers. Of all the cryptids it seems most likely that a big cat will be found, though it may just be an escapee from a zoo.
A P.S. New big cat sighting :http://forteanzoology.blogspot.com/2009/08/beast-of-ossett-redux.html